Letters to the editor

Leave July fireworks to the professionals

FAITH WORTHINGTON Williamsport A sparkle in the sky is a great way to celebrate the 4th of July, but it’s important to be mindful of the dangers of fireworks. In October 2017, Pennsylvania passed House Bill 542, stating state residents can now buy and use the full line of fireworks ...

New world order follows Trump down a better road

JIM MOORE Flinton This is in response to Stephen LoRusso’s letter of June 27 and all the other people who still don’t realize why President Donald Trump got elected. He is - no doubt - a flawed man. Show me one who isn’t. But he has a bravado that no existing politician has. ...

Their flag and ours

TIM MANNELLO Williamsport America is the land of the free. As Betsy Ross once said, “The American flag is an enduring symbol of liberty, democracy, and justice.” North Korea, on the other hand, is the land of enslavement. Whatever its purported original symbolism, the North Korean ...

Is America great again?

MARTY HANN McConnellsburg A current popular political slogan is, “Make America Great Again.” This slogan implies that “America” once was “great,” but no longer is. So is “America” less “great” than it once was, and what caused our decline in greatness? Last ...

Safe swimming location in Clinton County

KELLY MCGHEE Mill Hall Another summer in Clinton County and another summer the Community Pool at Mill Hall is available for your safe swimming location. The Friends of the Community Pool Committee made it happen again. The pool opened on June 18 and will be open until the middle of ...

What’s important

LASSIE MACDONALD State College I support Marc Friedenberg for Congress because, like me, he believes that broadband access is vital for the economic growth of this place. We cannot accept the status quo that leaves so many of us stranded, without a way to connect to the broader economy. ...

U.S. abuses human rights

ROSS KLEINSTUBER Ebensburg On June 15, President Trump referred to his policy of separating families at the border as a negotiating tool. I want to be very clear about this: Separating children from their parents for the misdemeanor of crossing an invisible line is not a negotiating ...

Just the facts

WILLIAM L. EMICK Barbours The late President Ronald Reagan, who best understood liberals’ psychic state from his Hollywood acquaintances and California experience as governor, once stated, “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant, it’s just so much they ...

What’s happening to the Republican party?

JIM FARR Boalsburg Finally! Nationally prominent Republican leaders are developing the spine to stand up to Donald Trump and to what’s happening to their party and our country. Conservative columnist George Will said “don’t vote for Republicans.” Steve Schmidt, a life-long ...

Protect our elections from voter suppression

VICTORIA MARAS State College After spending a semester studying the case, I was dismayed at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Husted vs. A. Philip Randolph Institute, which upheld Ohio’s aggressive system of voter roll purging. This has disturbing implications nationwide because ...

Help for job creators

CHAD OLSON Minnetonka, Minn. One million new jobs have been created since the passing of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Legislation this transformative has gifted job creators the ability to recruit new talent and grow their businesses. Because of federal tax cuts, more than 600 ...

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Condemning Water’s behavior

TIM MANNELLO Williamsport I don’t hate anyone, even Maxine Waters ... or President Trump, for that matter. It’s against my religious beliefs. I do not wish ill to befall anyone, no exceptions. In the case of Maxine Waters, however, I confess that full-throttle hatred is, indeed, an ...

What is it about Republican officials and the environment?

ED SATALIA State College We live in a politically charged era, but of all things that shouldn’t be political, a healthy environment surely ranks at the top. Young or old, rich or poor, black or white, urban or rural, we all need clean air and water. Our economy and our future depend on ...

Honor his legacy

CRAIG SHAPIRO Norfolk, Va. Whether it was politics, astronomy, baseball, or animals, columnist Charles Krauthammer sought to broaden his readers’ understanding. In a 2015 column, “I am a person for the ethical treatment of animals,” he argued against displaying “wildlife bound and ...

Surviving the death of a parent

CAROLE MYERS GERST Milesburg Surviving the death of a parent is one of the most dreaded things that adult children have to endure, and suicide prevention should be at hand readily and be at their doorstep, as nobody knows what they’re really thinking. I have survived the death of my ...

New world order follows Trump down wrong road

STEPHEN LORUSSO Loretto So, as we move further along in a Trumpian world, I can see the world move in the same direction. Building walls. Making deals suspiciously assuming everyone is out to take advantage of them. Closing borders to anyone who does not look like them, or believe like ...

Shame on both sides

NANCY E. McCARTY Williamsport The political discourse in this country just keeps sinking lower and lower. The zero-tolerance policy that separated thousands of children from their families goes against everything that built this country and made it great. We have certainly lost our ...

Use a public health approach to reduce gun violence

DANIEL S. BLUMENTHAL Atlanta, Ga. On March 14, students across the U.S. left class for 17 minutes — one minute for every person killed in the Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School massacre. It is a bit disheartening to realize that, if the students had instead chosen to stay out of class ...

Kudos to Infant Development Program of Lock Haven

BOB SHANK Renovo I had the privilege of attending the 2018 pre-school graduation, hosted by Infant Development Program. My son was one of those graduating. I cannot tell you enough how effective this program was for my son’s growth and development. The ceremony was well ...